Guide to Maspalomas


Maspalomas is a tourist town in the south of the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, stretching from Bahía Feliz in the east to Meloneras in the west, including the resort towns of San Agustín and Playa del Inglés. Maspalomas constitutes the southernmost part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, and of the island.

Before the era of tourism, Maspalomas was the name of a hamlet in what today is San Fernando de Maspalomas. Its name may derive from that of Rodrigo Mas de Palomar, a settler and soldier from Majorca, or from Francisco Palomar, a Genoese friend of Alonso Fernandez de Lugo who purchased 87 Guanche slaves from Güímar and settled in the area.

Present-day Maspalomas is the result of an ambitious development project, organized in the form of an International Ideas Contest (opened to any member of the International Union of Architects), held in 1961 under the auspice of Alejandro del Castillo, owner and promoter of most of the space under construction. The contest was won by the French office SETAP (including the urbanist Guy Lagneau and the economist Michel Weill) and covered the 1,060 hectares (2,600 acres) and 19 kilometres (12 mi) of coast that constitute the core area of Maspalomas – Costa Canaria. The contest paved the way for a particular way of understanding “touristic” urbanism that served as model for later tourists developments in other Canary Islands.

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Unlike the resort-like development model later extended to other locations in the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, Maspalomas has a personality on its own, as it evolved into a fully equipped town much closer to the “touristic” concept of destinations. It has a variety of infrastructure and public institutions rarely seen in other touristic areas, including private clinics and two hospitals, local and foreign schooling institutions (Spanish, English and Swedish schools), shopping & convention centres, two casinos, English-language cinema, golf courses, sports centers, thematic parks and a Summer University (in collaboration with the university of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, mainly focused on tourism-related activities).

Maspalomas serves as the base for Gran Canaria’s only English language newspaper, which serves a print readership in excess of 20,000 every month and reaches up to another 30,000 readers on-line.

It has a wide range of accommodation on offer, although the urbanism concept speaks of an horizontal expansion (Bungalows) rather than high rises.

The area includes the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, which constitutes an important landmark of Gran Canaria. Much appreciated as a winter destination for foreign tourists, mostly from north-European countries (Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, etc.), it remains as the largest tourist destination in the Canary Islands and a worldwide-known destination for LGBT tourism.

There is a 56-metre-high (184 ft) lighthouse, named El Faro de Maspalomas, at the southern point of the resort from where the 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) long beach and Maspalomas Dunes, a nature reserve since 1897, lead to Playa del Inglés.

Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas Dunes it’s a 404-hectare (1,000-acre) area of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, they have been protected as a nature reserve since 1897. They were one of the contenders in the 12 Treasures of Spain competition.

They were formed by sand from the bottom of the ocean, during the last ice age, when the wind blew the sand towards the coast of the island.

Maspalomas Dunes it’s a set of dunes with characteristic of the Canarian archipelago, unique in the island of Gran Canaria, since there is no other dune system of the same characteristics in the island. Most of the flora and some of the ornithological species that visit the humid areas (Oasis of Maspalomas) of this reserve, are protected by national and regional laws. In addition, there are abundant species of insect sabulícolas, including some endemic, related to African fauna, which are only known in this environment, the Gran Canaria Giant Lizard (Gallotia stehlini) that can be sighted abundantly in the area of ​​the palm grove Near the Oasis of Maspalomas and a large number of birds.

The special natural reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas has a climate with very little precipitation and warm temperatures. The average annual temperature is 23.5ºC, 21ºC in winter and 30ºC in summer on average. The nights are warm.

The rainfall is very scarce, its annual average is less than 100mm (approximately 80.2mm). It only rains about 10 or 15 days a year, concentrating on the months of February and November. An average of 259 sunny days a year is calculated, 87 with clouds and only 13 days totaly covered.

El Faro de Maspalomas

Lighthouse of Maspalomas
The lighthouse of Maspalomas is a lighthouse located on the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) which is responsible for marking the coast of the south of the island, in the strip of coast that covers the area covered by the lighthouse Of Punta de Arinaga, to the northeast, and the lighthouse of Punta del Castillete, located to the northwest.

This lighthouse is a construction conceived by the engineer Juan León y Castillo as a luminous ensemble constituted by two main bodies, the house of the torrero and the tower. The house, of rectangular plan, was developed from a traditional idea as it is the canary patio, but the four façades of the property are aided by the eclectic fashion of the period in which it was constructed.

The decision to build a lighthouse in Maspalomas dates from 1861 but it is not until 1884 that Juan de León and Castillo are commissioned to draft the project. The works lasted until 1889 and the lighthouse emitted its first luminous flash in the night of its putting in operation, 1 of February of 1890.

The profile of Maspalomas Lighthouse is very characteristic and is integrated in the new tourist resort of Meloneras that is nearby and can be distinguished from other places in the south of Gran Canaria such as Campo Internacional or Playa del Inglés. The silhouette of the lighthouse and the Dunes of Maspalomas constitute a unique icon that serves to recognize the Maspalomas Costa Canaria brand worldwide as a unique tourist destination.

The Maspalomas Lighthouse has been declared in 2005 by the Government of the Canary Islands, of Cultural Interest in the category of Historical Monument. Its protection area is 5225.72 square meters along a perimeter of 318.15 linear meters.

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Restaurants Maspalomas

Where to eat in MaspalomasMany Restaurants to discover in Maspalomas. In Maspalomas you can enjoy all kinds of restaurants: romantic, charming, family atmosphere, cheap restaurants, fast food and traditional food; International restaurants: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, restaurants and wok buffets. A great number of restaurants is available for the most selected palates. And not only that, there are also buffets in which to eat until you can’t more and of all the styles you imagine: traditional cuisine from Gran Canaria, japanese, chinese, french, Danish, Indian and much more. Continue reading…

Shopping Centers Maspalomas

Shopping Malls in MaspalomasShopping Centers in Maspalomas. With the permission of its wonderful dunes, its crystalline waters, its old lighthouse and even its lively atmosphere, Maspalomas has a shopping paradise tailor made for fans to make their way through the shopping centers, which does not mean missing interesting shops in its streets or on coastal boulevards where the very first brands reign. Whether you are old, new, popular or very exclusive, this tourist resort in the south of Gran Canaria boasts centers for all tastes and pockets. Continue reading…

Nightlife in Maspalomas

Nightclubs and Bars in MaspalomasNightlife in Maspalomas. In Maspalomas and around you will find the best atmosphere to go out. A lot of nightclubs, pubs, bars, lounges, cocktail terrace beach clubs, and places to party all night, or go out just to have a quiet drink. Varadero center in the vicinity of the lighthouse and the beach has many quiet bars, and there are also several bars in Faro 2 center, in the vicinity of Holiday World Park. Holiday World has some newer nightclubs, one of them is known for salsa. Here are a lot of people and good mood Friday and Saturday. The tourist center of Playa del Inglés on the south coast of Gran Canaria in Maspalomas is known for having the island’s most vibrant nightlife. Nightlife here has a more international atmosphere. Continue reading…

Maspalomas Beach

Playa de MaspalomasPlaya de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria is a large beach with beautiful fine golden sand that is surrounded by the famous Maspalomas Dunes in the south of the island of Gran Canaria. Maspalomas, also known as Maspalomas Costa Canaria, consists of the coastal resorts of Playa del Aguila, Las Burras, San Agustín and Playa del Inglés. Find out everything you need to know about the beach in Maspalomas. Here you will find an extension of 20.000.000 m² with 17km of coastline full of dunes, sandy beaches, shallow water and an excellent climate all year round: a true paradise for beach lovers and family holidays. Continue reading…

Car Hire Maspalomas

Car Hire Gran Canaria AirportCar Hire in Maspalomas. If you need car hire in Maspalomas, its easiest to order the rental car online and pick it up when land at Gran Canaria Airport. Then you easily can return the car when traveling back to your home country, and you do not need alternative transportation to and from airport. In most cases, this is less expensive than using small local car rental supplier in Maspalomas. Use the search engine above for guaranteed best price on car rental in Maspalomas. Continue reading…

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Hotels in Maspalomas

Best Hotels in MaspalomasBeach Hotels in Maspalomas, a dream just a few hours away by plane. Its landscapes, climate and environmental richness make this tourist destination a privileged place in Gran Canaria. Here we give you the best hotels in Maspalomas. Gran Canaria is a magical place, and Maspalomas with its natural Dunes. 404 hectares of dunes with a pond and a palm grove that form a place of great scenic, botanical and geomorphological interest. Theme and water parks and the possibility of practicing all kinds of sports guarantee entertainment and leisure for all ages. Continue reading…

Attractions and Things to do in Maspalomas

Thing to do in MaspalomasAttractions and Things to do in Maspalomas. Maspalomas, also known as Maspalomas Costa Canaria, consists of the coastal resorts of Playa del Aguila, Las Burras, San Agustín and Playa del Inglés. Here you will find an extension of 20.000.000 m² with 17km of coastline full of dunes, sandy beaches, shallow water and an excellent climate all year round: a true paradise for beach lovers and family holidays. Here we show you the top attractions in Maspalomas. Continue reading…

Climate in Maspalomas

Maspalomas ClimateThe climate and weather in Maspalomas. Traveling to Maspalomas, and wondering how hot it is on land and in the sea in the various months of the year? Then you will find everything you need in our climate and weatherguide for Masalomas. Here we’ll cover everything you need to know about weather, climate, temperature, precipitation, sunshine hours and much else in Maspalomas in Gran Canaria.
Maspalomas is located in the south of the island of Gran Canaria. This location, along with its coastal character, is responsible for the climate of this area is warm and dry, as it is not affected by the clouds that sweep the trade winds, which in the north of the island are famous. Continue reading…